Gepubliceerd op 09-05-2016

PhD candidate (Technical) Art History, Utrecht University

The PhD student will work within the project Recipes and realities. An analysis of textual rendering in still life painting and the pictorial procedures of Willem Beurs. This project is funded by NICAS/NWO and Delft University, with Prof. J. Stumpel as main applicant, and dr. Sylvia Pont as second coordinator. The project is an interdisciplinary one about the art historical and psycho-physical aspects of the rendering of textures, and will study the rendering of textures in art, in particular the art of the Dutch Golden Age.
Within the program, there will be two positions for a PhD. The PhD position announced here concerns the art historical part of the project, but close cooperation with the other (science oriented) PhD and other researchers is required in the program. 

The PhD student will work closely together with the other researchers in the project in Utrecht and Delft, and conservators, restorers and technical art historians around the NICAS and the Atelier Building in Amsterdam, The Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis. The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to fill in or expand on the sub-project, based on her/his expertise, and in consultation with the coordinators of the program. She/he will be based at Utrecht University and will as such also be part of the department History and Art History, Section Art History.


  •  a (research) master degree in art history and/or conservation and restoration, a demonstrable interest in art historiography, technical art history and a strong record of undergraduate and Master’s degree work;
  •  Active command of English, the common language of the project, as well as an excellent reading capacity for the Dutch language, in particular of the 17th century;
  • Capacity to work both as an independent researcher and as part of an international team;
  • Capacity and willingness to collaborate across the disciplines of (technical) art history, psycho-physical research.


You can apply for this job until May 25, 2016.
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